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BIRTHDAY BOY: Wretch 32 and Jasmine

THE PARTY of the year so far – and I can’t see any others taking that title for now – was the birthday soiree for the Tottenham champ they call Wretch 32.

Held at a nice club basement in central London, the venue was full early into the night, with loads of ladies who had turned up early to guarantee their two-step gyrating spot!

Wretch’s invitation specified that the theme was ‘Presidents and First Ladies’, so I slithered into a white, fitted, knee-length Victoria Beckham frock, accessorised with some classy nude Chrissy Lou shoes, a pearl necklace, and my hair piled into a high beehive.

So imagine my face when I swanned into the party and discovered that hardly any of the ladies had respected their host’s request to follow the theme! I did spot a Marilyn Monroe lookalike and actress Preeya Kalidas did wear a classy black First Lady-type frock. But aside from that, there were numerous scantily clad ladies in barely butt-skimming dresses.


LADIES' NIGHT: (L-R) Vannessa Amadi, Jas and Keisha Buchannan

All the males were dressed to the nines in their slick efforts at being presidential. But I’ve got to say, the ladies let the side down. I thought disgustedly, ‘I’m sure Michelle Obama would never be seen rocking these garms!’ Still, I was glad I made the effort, as many commented on how fly the outfit was.

The wonderful thing about the party was that pretty much everyone from team UK was in the house to support and have fun. I’ve been to a lot of artists’ parties in my time, but the love and positive energy that Wretch and his team brought to that room, I wish I could’ve bottled it.

Providing the music was regular celeb party DJ Manny Norte. (Look out for him – big things are just about to pop off commercially for this guy).

Meanwhile, Kano looked as handsome as ever, and I nearly didn’t recognise Ghetts in his suit!

Also undercover with a new look was Hackney’s finest, Leona Lewis, who many didn’t recognise with her dark hair, geeky specs and French beret. I thought she looked very sophisticated and she was really getting her dance on.

The party was clearly where I was at because Leona and Jamelia were on the dance floor with Keisha Buchannan. Jamelia had a real party that night and it was good to see her let go and just enjoy herself around trusted friends.


CLASSY: Preeya Kalidas and Jas

Keisha looked stunning in her tiny black frock and had a lot of the men’s attention, as did young hottie Princess Nyah in her mini cutout bodycon dress. PR guru Vannessa Amadi also looked lovely.

Bashy was also in attendance, dancing hard in his president-type suit; J2K was in the house with his boys; and the heartthrob of the grime world, Scorcher, was literally fighting the girls off! The night was truly rocking.

Wretch had a pyramid of cupcakes and he himself was rocking a tweed suit with braces and dickie bow tie – so sweet! He was a charming host and greeted all his guests, whilst still jamming hard and taking photos with all. A great night full of much love and friendship. I salute you Wretch on your great graft and movements so far. We all adore your work ethic, charm and talent. Onwards and upwards birthday boy!

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LONDON'S GOT SPIRIT

AFTER A hectic weekend, I struggled through Monday and then on Tuesday, I hit City Hall with hundreds of young people for the Spirit of London nominations launch party.

Ashley Walters performed and spoke inspirationally about the power of young people; SBTV’s main lady Georgia hosted the event in her kooky posh street ‘slanguage’ style; and spoken word poet Dean Atta performed with passion, as did many other young people. Meanwhile, the youth dance troops were on fire.

It was revealed that the awards this year will be held in November at Wembley Arena. Last year’s sell-out event at the Royal Albert Hall was amazing, so look out for this year’s event!

Jasmine Dotiwala is a TV producer, director and broadcast journalist. Email her at jasmine@hiphop.com

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